At long last, confirmation from the one guy we kept waiting to hear it from:
The Red Sox bid $42 million for the right to negotiate with prized Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, sources told ESPN’s Peter Gammons. Boston’s bid far exceeded any other team’s offer.
And John Heyman, at SI, continues with the Sox-related news:
Boston, burning from its disappointing 2006 season, is acting quickly to get back on the right track. It is believed they are preparing to make a megabucks offer to J.D. Drew by the end of Monday that will easily top the $33 million Drew walked away from in Los Angeles. One person suggested it may even exceed the deal former Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon got with the Yankees, $52 million over four years. …
While the ESPN.com report that Boston bid between $38 million and $45 million for the rights to Matsuzaka remains unconfirmed, and one person said those figures were "not accurate," baseball executives here do believe the Red Sox will still win the sealed auction for the Seibu Lions right-hander with a bid somewhere in the mid-30s or higher. There were multiple bids that hit or exceeded the $30 million figure, but no one seems to think anyone has outbid Boston.
It sure would be a shocker for another team to be announced as the winner now — to the point where you’d have to question whether everything was above-board.
Thanks to faithful poster TJ for finding this stuff while the rest of us were working — or at least pretending to work.